No fine for BNSF after buried signal batteries found along the Mississippi

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GENOA, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will not fine BNSF Railway after discovering a number of old acid batteries buried in the sand along the Mississippi River.

Last year, state environmental officials opened an investigation into the railroad after finding a number of old batteries discarded along the railroad’s right-of-way along the river near Genoa, Wis. The investigation found that the batteries had been discarded years ago.

“Like many industries, over the years our practices have changed and today batteries are stored in the signal bungalows,” BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth tells the La Crosse Tribune. “The batteries found in that area were from decades ago and were to have been removed and disposed of properly.”

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